Wednesday, 9 April 2014

"H" is for Hadrian's Wall and Babylon's Hanging Gardens

History, and Hadrian's Wall, fascinates me. It was built between AD122 and AD127 to separate the Romans from the inhabitants of Northern Britain, and used for taxation purposes when people passed through the castles located at intervals along it's 72 mile length. 

I would love to write the story which the remaining stones can tell, and of a time when there might have been Halcyon Days, such as  we experience if there is happiness and prosperity.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, built by King Nebuchadnezzar II who ruled between 605BC and 562BC. 

Legend has it they were a gift for his Persian wife, Queen Amytis, when she missed the green hills and valleys of her home. 

The Gardens were made from a series of  terraces with enough earth to accomodate trees of great size. Water was lifted from the River Euphrates so they could be irrigated from a reservoir at the top.

A romance between a King and Queen set in beautiful gardens is another great story. 

And there's the lovely pink and blue Hydrangea which flowers every year in the Spring and Summer. I look forward to seeing it's vibrant colours in the garden again.

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog. I'll be posting "I" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Challenge.